Letter to the Editor
Say It Ain’t So
Doug LaMalfa and Sam Aanestad, both congressional
candidates, took California taxpayers for a free ride . . . literally.
Dave Palmer, Watchdog at noethics.net, investigated a perk
giving legislators a state-subsidized vehicle upon request. Taxpayers pick up
90 percent of the monthly bill and legislators cover the rest.
According to Palmer,
assuming office in Dec. 2002, Doug LaMalfa was of the opinion that he was
entitled to hose the public by ordering a 2003 Mustang Mach 1 at a cost to the
public of $28,957. … From 2003 through 2008, it cost the taxpayers of
California $65,584 to provide Doug LaMalfa with a “muscle car” to allegedly
serve the best interests of his constituents. … Doug LaMalfa personally
authorized the expenditure of $16,258.64 for maintenance on the Mach 1 for the
years 2006 and 2007.”
Aanestad has a similar horror story. Sam purchased a 2003 Ford Expedition for
$45,393.91 and Chrysler 300M in 2007 for $43,780.70. Palmer says,
“From 2003 through
2008 the taxpayers were hosed to the tune of $165,286 to provide ol’ Sam with
luxury rides of his choosing. This comes out to a yearly average of $27,048 a
Please, gentlemen, say it ain’t so.